A musician with a big heart and a sweet tone, Sylvia is equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment in her music students. She uses a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze-inspired eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory). A former sufferer of tendonitis, she has a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.
Sylvia is currently accepting students at Vienna Music Institute in Irvine, California, where she teaches private violin lessons and Music and Movement classes for young children. A recent transplant to California from Boston, Sylvia was Social Development and Musicianship Director for the Mozart Orchestra at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Suzuki Violin and Early Childhood Faculty and Summer Chamber Music Festival Administrative Director at Winchester Community Music School, Violin and Piano Faculty at GS Music Center and Music 101, and guest music and movement teacher at Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School. She has also taught at Somerville Strings Camp, Camp Vivace! at ProjectSTEP, YOFES Open Access to Music Education for Children in Hyde Park, and Longy Community Programs. If you are interested in taking lessons, please use the Contact page to send an email.
Sylvia currently performs with Eudaimonia baroque chamber orchestra, L’Esprit Baroque chamber ensemble, the folk/baroque band Lizzie and the Flakjackets, and the prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings. She is an alumna of: the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra; Lyricafest; Dana Maiben’s baroque violin intensive; the Olin Conductorless Orchestra, of which she was Concertmaster; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber and orchestral musician she has performed in Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maine, Ontario, Estonia, Latvia, and Shostakovich Hall in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the major halls of Boston. She has performed recitals extensively in the Boston area. She has also been a member of the Harvard Summer Chorus, Chorus pro Musica, and The Masterworks Chorale, and sees in her students as well as herself the great benefit singing has for string players.
Sylvia began Suzuki violin studies at age 6 with Doris Goldman in Stow, MA, and has studied with Laura Bossert, Anna Korsunsky, and Karen Oosterbaan (a pioneer in combining Alexander Technique with violin technique). She has completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training in Books 1, 2, and 3 with Carol Sykes through the Suzuki School of Newton. She holds an MM in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and is currently completing a Dalcroze Teaching Certificate, also at Longy. She also holds a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.